Early Learning and childcare

Funded Early Learning and Childcare for 2 year olds

600 hours free early learning and childcare is available for 2 year olds who:

  • are looked after or subject to a kinship care order or with parent appointed guardian
  • are eligible for free school meals
  • are living in households where their parents or carers are receiving any qualifying benefits

Qualifying benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not in receipt of Working Tax Credit, and an income below £16,105
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, and an income below £7320
  • Support under Part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credits with an earned income below £610 per month
  • Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Pension Credit


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